Man falls into ven­ti­la­tion shaft, dies

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES CITY -

New Delhi: A 22-year-old man died on Thurs­day af­ter falling into the ven­ti­la­tion shaft from the fifth floor of a PG in south Delhi’s Saidu­la­jab.

The vic­tim, Sonu, worked as a do­mes­tic help. He was told by the owner of the PG to check the pipe that was con­nected to the water tank of the build­ing on lane no. 4 as the sup­ply was ir­reg­u­lar. Com­plainant and eye­wit­ness in the case, Ji­ten­der Ku­mar, told the po­lice that Sonu went with him to the ter­race to check the tank, and they saw that the pipe was not con­nected. To reach the tank and re­con­nect the pipe, Sonu climbed onto a plas­tic fi­bre sheet that cov­ered the ven­ti­la­tion shaft. How­ever, the sheet broke and he fell down.

Ku­mar alerted the owner of the PG. With help from lo­cals, he brought Sonu out of the shaft and took him to a hos­pi­tal where he suc­cumbed to his in­juries. Doc­tors said the vic­tim had suf­fered mul­ti­ple frac­tures and in­juries to his head that led to his death. The po­lice was also in­formed about the in­ci­dent, af­ter which a crime team reached the spot for in­spec­tion.

In­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cers said there was no bound­ary around the ven­ti­la­tion shaft and it only had the thin fi­bre sheet cov­er­ing it. A case un­der IPC sec­tion 304A (caus­ing death due to neg­li­gence) was reg­is­tered.

Sonu be­longed to Etah district in Ut­tar Pradesh. His fam­ily mem­bers have been in­formed about the in­ci­dent.

Nishu’s ar­rest has come as a big de­vel­op­ment in the gang-rape case as it would help in­ves­ti­ga­tors track the other two key ac­cused in the case. How­ever, cops have not re­vealed that from where he was ar­rested. Ac­cord­ing to sources, he was brought to Re­wari on Sun­day night.

Shrikant Jad­hav, ADGP, Haryana Po­lice, told TOI that three teams had car­ried out mul­ti­ple raids to nab Nishu, who con­fessed to have con­spired the en­tire episode. Ac­cord­ing to cops, when the woman got off at Kan­ina bus stand, the stop for her coach­ing cen­tre, around 8.15am on Wed­nes­day, Man­ish and Pankaj ap­proached her and feigned sur­prise at meet­ing her. The two then al­legedly of­fered her some water, which was spiked. As she be­came dis­ori­ented, the ac­cused drove her to Naya Gaon and took her to “a house with a tube­well” where sev­eral more men joined them and raped her.

Po­lice said it was Nishu who had called Sanjeev to ex­am­ine the woman when her health de­te­ri­o­rated while be­ing in cap­tiv­ity. Nishu was Tak­ing

cog­ni­sance of the de­lay in tak­ing ac­tion by the po­lice, CM Manohar Lal Khattar on Sun­day met Haryana DGP BS Sandhu to an­a­lyse progress in the probe, and trans­ferred Re­wari’s SP Ra­jesh Dug­gal to Haryana Po­lice Acad­emy’s 3rd bat­tal­ion in Hisar.

Dug­gal, who has been held re­spon­si­ble for po­lice not tak­ing prompt ac­tion, will be re­placed by the SP of the CM’s se­cu­rity, Rahul Sharma, sources said. booked un­der IPC sec­tions 328 (caus­ing hurt by means of poi­son, etc., with in­tent to com­mit an of­fence), 365 (kid­nap­ping or ab­duct­ing with in­tent se­cretly and wrong­fully to con­fine per­son) and 376 D (gang rape). The other two men ar­rested on Sun­day were charged with “co-con­spir­ing” the crime. Both have been booked un­der sec­tion 120B (crim­i­nal con­spir­acy).

Deena­dayal (26), ac­cord­ing to the SIT, had given the room’s key to the prime ac­cused, and was aware that a woman was be­ing sex­u­ally as­saulted in his Naya Gaon prop­erty. Yet, in- ves­ti­ga­tors said, he did not re­port the mat­ter to the cops. Ac­cord­ing to lo­cals, the tube­well was used by mis­cre­ants in the vil­lage for il­le­gal ac­tiv­i­ties.

Sanjeev is from vil­lage Lukhi. Nishu had called him on Wed­nes­day, say­ing that a labourer in the fields had fainted. How­ever, upon reach­ing there, Sanjeev was made to ex­am­ine the rape sur­vivor who was un­con­scious. He told the ac­cused that the woman’s blood pres­sure and pulse was ex­tremely low, and may even die. Af­ter this, the main ac­cused dropped her off at Kan­ina bus stand. Sanjeev had shared this with his ac­quain­tances in the vil­lage but didn’t in­form the po­lice. He was ar­rested on Sun­day.

“All three ac­cused will be pro­duced in the court on Mon­day. The SIT will seek their po­lice re­mand,” said Bhasin, the SIT head. The SIT made three ar­rests in the case within 30 hours af­ter it was con­sti­tuted, said Bhasin, who hasn’t ruled out the role of more ac­cused in the gang rape.

Ac­cord­ing to vil­lagers, Nishu has been ac­cused of sex­u­ally as­sault­ing around five girls in the past but no com­plaint was filed against him.

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